India officially takes over the G20 presidency on Thursday. On the occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a "shift in fundamental mindset to benefit humanity as a whole."
India began its G20 presidency with a focus on counter-terrorism and "unity" in tackling global challenges, such as economic slowdown and climate crisis.
India's year-long G20 presidency will be "inclusive, ambitious, decisive, and action-oriented", PM Modi said, adding that it will encourage an honest conversation on mitigating risks posed by weapons of mass destruction and enhancing global security.
The government also seeks to build consensus on debt sustainability and creating disaster and climate-resilient infrastructure. India's G20 plans also include a special focus on startups and bridging the digital divide.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said that India will try to build consensus on global issues including Ukraine during its G20 Presidency. The Minister said, India's endeavour will be to create consensus through consultation on key global issues. India yesterday formally assumed the Presidency of G20 grouping for a period of one year. To mark the first day of India's presidency, a special event titled 'G20 University Connect - Engaging Young Minds' was organised in New Delhi, which virtually brought together students from 75 universities across the country.
India will host as many as 200 meetings across the country over the next one year, with the first one being held in Udaipur later this week. The G20 Summit will be organised in New Delhi in September 2023.